Celtic Women International (CWI) is a world-wide non-profit
membership organization dedicated to recognizing the contribution
that Celtic women have made to the world. CWI honors these women by
sharing their stories of success, which may inspire others to follow
in their footsteps.
CWI was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 30, 1997. It has been granted 501(c)3 tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Department. CWI is governed by an elected Board of Directors.
In October, 1998, CWI offered its first multi-day international conference,
featuring presenters representing all seven Celtic nations
(Brittany, Cornwall, Galicia, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland and
Wales. For the next three years, the conference took place as an
annual fall event in Milwaukee. The Board decided to rotate locations
for the conference in order that more people could attend from
other parts of the world. In October, 2002, the conference took
place in New Orleans, Louisiana, and in 2003, the conference moved
out of the United States to Toronto, Canada.
Following the Toronto conference, the Board of Directors decided to switch
priorities from offering an annual conference to building local
branches of Celtic Women International and supporting their efforts
to offer programs on a local or regional basis. Their goal is
to eventually offer annual conferences every two or three years,
with local branches offering regional gatherings in between
the conferences, and frequent activities on a local basis.
Local branches have their own officers, organize their own affairs,
and plan their own events, operating within the rules and by-laws
of Celtic Women International.